The local Hoboken election results from Tuesday November 6th have finally been certified due to delays from Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.
Here are the certified totals from the Hudson County Clerk’s Office (drum roll please):
Jean Marie Mitchell, Ruth McAllister and Thomas Kluepfel of Kids First, the Hoboken BOE slate that was endorsed by Mayor Zimmer won all three Board of Education Seats at stake. Jean Marie Mitchell had only been ahead 6 votes before the provisional and electronic votes were counted as was able to further widen her lead. After the initial machine tally the third seat was the only seat that was still in question. Now the results are finalized and a clean sweep for Kids First and their political allies including Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Rent control advocates win by a mere 52 votes! (Question #2). This just goes to show every vote can count in Hoboken. The public questions to move municipal elections to November wins easily (3 to 1) and runoffs are eliminated though by a lesser but still significant margin (Questions #3 and #1 respectively).
With these changes the Mayoral election will now be election day in November 2013. The City Council Ward members will also have their terms extended until November of 2015 as well instead of the previous May term. Mayor Zimmer had lobbied for Kids First, a yes vote on election reform questions 1 and 3, and for rejecting Public Question 2 which would have enabled vacancy decontrol. Although the last question was decided by a very close, Mayor Dawn Zimmer has no doubt secured a clean sweep and major victory against her political opponents. In the wake of her tireless efforts in recovering from Hurricane Sandy, is there any real opposition to her getting re-elected next November? Time will tell.
For reference here is the link to the Hudson County Election Results: http://www.hudsoncountyclerk.org/cgi-bin/election.pl
There is a party tomorrow night October 25th at Maxwell’s starting at 8pm that has a bunch of bands including The FAVE to support the Hoboken Fair Housing Association’s efforts to save Rent Control. Local Question 2 is on the ballot this and a yes vote would end the current structure of rent control for many apartments in Hoboken as some activists see it and a no vote would keep things the way they are.
Regardless of where you stand on this issue this promises to be a great lineup of local musicians. Just don’t wear a “I’m with the upper 1%” button. You might not be too popular.
Maxwell’s is at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken (NE corner). For more information on the rent control organization Hoboken Fair Housing Association please go to www.hobokenfairhousing.com. For the opposing position in favor of rent control changes, The Mile Square Taxpayers Association you can go to http://hobokenmsta.com/.
Also, if you are still undecided on the rent control issue Question #2 on the ballot, there is a forum tonight October 24th to hear the issues discussed at OLG School which starts at 7pm tonight and runs for 2 hours . There will be no live music at this event but the two sides of the issue will have a chance to present their case….
Here are the first of two forums from the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition with respect to local issues coming up in November’s election. There is more at stake then just the presidential election in Hoboken. This forum below has a discussion open to the public on the heated issue of rent control.
Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition’s
Open Public Forum on Rent Control Question #2
Our Lady Of Grace School Willow and 5th in Hoboken
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – 7 to 9 p.m.
When: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: At Our Lady of Grace School, Willow at 5th
Event Description: Discussion of impacts of Local Resolution #2 on The Hoboken Rent Control Ordinance . Voters will be asked to vote on November 6 Ballot – Yes or No?
- Mile Square Tax Payers Association: Ron Simoncini and Charles Gormally, Esq.
- Hoboken Fair Housing Association and NJ Tenant Association: Dan Tumpson and Matt Shapiro.
Below is the question as printed on the November 6, 2012 for Hoboken residents. There was was controversy over the wording of this question. This is a simplification but a yes vote ends rent control as we know it, otherwise known as vacancy decontrol for the most part according to supporters of rent control and a no vote would keep the current ordinance on rent control as it is.
The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is hosting a debate on the ever controversial topic of rent control next Friday October 28th at the Our Lady of Grace Annex at Willow and 5th Street. The event will start at 7:30pm and be moderated by the Hoboken Reporter’s Ray Smith. Below is the release with more information….
Debate to Discuss Rent Control Question on November 8 Ballot
Submit Your Questions Prior to Debate – Hoboken, NJ
The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition to sponsor a debate on the issues concerning rent control legislation that will appear as a question on the November 8, 2011 ballot. The debate between Hoboken Fair Housing and Mile Square Taxpayers Association will take place on Friday, October 28, 2011 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Our Lady of Grace School Hall on Willow Avenue at 5th Street.
The two organizations will be represented respectively by Cheryl Fallick and Dan Tumpson for Hoboken Fair Housing, and Ron Simoncini and Joe Murray for Mile Square Taxpayers Association. Ms. Fallick and Mr. Tumpson are both long term supporters of Rent Control laws, going back as far as 1981. Their latest public outreach obtained the signatures of 3,158 Hoboken voters on a petition protesting the recent amendments to the Rent Control law which ultimately led to the issue being placed on the November ballot. Mile Square Taxpayers will be represented by its Executive Director Ron Simoncini and Joe Murray, a resident of Hoboken since 1982 and an owner of rent controlled property.
The event will be moderated by Ray Smith who covers the city for The Hoboken Reporter. He has reported on the rent control issue since October 2010.
The general public is encouraged to submit questions in advance of the event by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A panel of Quality of Life board members will select the questions. Unlike previous Quality of Life events of this type, no questions will be taken from the audience the evening of the debate. Admission is free; all are invited to attend.